Museum Leadership

Stephanie Arduini, Executive Director

Stephanie Arduini has worked in museum and informal education for two decades, fostering learning in museums through everything from costumed interpretation and K-12 outreach education, to professional development and community partnerships. Her work has engaged with learning audiences of all ages and backgrounds, from early childhood programs through senior adults with memory loss.

Her career has specialized in creating opportunities for people to connect with stories and each other through Museums, especially in ways that help them better navigate their current world. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Director and the Director of the Edward L. Ayers Center for Civil War & Emancipation Studies at the American Civil War Museum (Richmond, VA). In that capacity, she oversaw the museum’s work to present a more accurate, inclusive, and relevant interpretation of the history through its education, programming, exhibits, and collections. She held previous positions at the Pacific Science Center (Seattle, WA), Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (Williamsburg, VA), and Mackinac State Historic Parks (Mackinac Island, MI), and performed contract and volunteer work at organizations that included the National Park Service, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, and American Alliance of Museums.

She currently serves on the board of the American Alliance of Museum’s Education professional network. She has a Master’s degree in Museum Education from George Washington University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Michigan. She is an avid baker who loves to travel, learn about birds and astrophysics, and play board games with her spouse and two kids.

Andrew Mathews, President, Board of Trustees

Andy Mathews is a commercial lawyer with years of experience providing pragmatic and outcome-oriented legal and compliance advice. He is an attorney at the Seattle office of Stoel Rives LLP, where he advises brokerage firms, multiple listing services, and parties in real estate transactions on wide-ranging real estate issues. He also provides pro bono legal services to refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. as a volunteer attorney with a prominent immigrant rights organization.

Andy joined the Board of Trustees in 2017, and was elected president in 2020, just as the pandemic emerged. The museum closed to protect staff and visitors, and to comply with city and state guidelines, but Andy has fond memories of bringing his two kids to the Museum in the early 2010’s and looks forward to welcoming back the next generation of young visitors as the Museum reopens.

Museum Staff

Stephanie Arduini
Executive Director

Allison CraigSundine
Acting Director of Exhibit Design

Joe Ferry
Director of Exhibits & Facilities

         Avery Fukeda
         Associate Director of
        Development 

Lily Herrington
Communications & Marketing Manager

Ashlin Lee
Museum Education & Programs Manager

Kacie Perez
Museum Education & Programs Manager

Stephanie Philio
Associate Director of Museum Services

Justin Thongsouk
Museum Operations Manager

Board of Trustees


Andrew Mathews, President
Stoel Rives LLP

Megan Ching, Vice President
Seattle Monorail Services

Eric Conley, Treasurer
Envista Dental Holdings

Jennifer Addis, Secretary
K&L Gates LLP

Matt Betterman
Newmark – Commercial Real Estate

Jake Gustafson, MBA
Mary’s Place

Krista Kenna
Amazon

Rob Leslie
Seattle Sports Commission

Joe Olegario
Seattle Public Schools

Todd Orwig
The Spur Group

Andrea Russinovich

Enoch Andoh
Amazon

Christopher Dack
Goldman Sachs

          Onyeka Enaholo
          Gensler